Packing up to head to the airport, I reflect on how Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and families continues to grow. In Colorado, clinicians learning the model receive the support of two I.C.E.E.F.T. Affiliated Communities, plus the trainings from the Colorado Center. Gail Palmer, Ph.D., one of the original E.F.T. Trainers, co-founder of the Ottawa Center, and Board Member, ICEEFT, joins us on December 7th, 2015, for a one-day workshop on helping families in distress with E.F.T. I.C.E.E.F.T. membership more than doubled in less than three years. Love Sense, The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Love, and Hold Me Tight, Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, by Dr. Sue Johnson, continue to sell consistently well. And new outcome studies have been accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals, bringing the total to 32. This increases the validity and strength of E.F.T. as a truly empirically-validated treatment approach for relational stress.
Meanwhile, E.F.T. continues to spread across the globe. Here are just some of the far flung locations where training took place in the past year: Argentina, Ecuador, South Africa, New Zealand, Russia, Israel, Australia, Mexico, Greece, Romania, Turkey, Italy and China. E.F.T. in Europe is also thriving. As a trainer, I am honored to be invited to present at the original E.F.T. Center and Community, led by Barry Aarnoudse in the Netherlands. Barry and his wife, Jos, host the world renowned Creating Connections Conference in the Netherlands and are tireless advocates for quality couples therapy. In addition, I have the good fortune to visit Finland, hosted by E.F.T. Trainer, Hanna Pinomaa, in Helsinki.
Presentations in Netherlands and Finland will focus on working with shame in couples therapy, working with addictions, and in Finland, a bonus workshop on Stage 2 work in E.F.T. My wife, and Managing Director, Colorado Center for E.F.T. accompanies me. For that, I am very grateful. For all the couples out there, wishing for a more secure, fulfilling emotional bond or struggling with ongoing conflict and/or distance, do consider reaching out to an E.F.T. Certified Therapist. The model is growing for a reason, and your relationship deserves the best resources and support.